Aero Maintenance maintains a fleet of Piper and Cessna aircraft. With four Cessna 172’s, three Cessna 150’s, a Piper Arrow and a classic 1941 Piper J5 Cub, we can match almost any single engine training need to the prospective student or renter. The Arrow and 172’s are full IFR platforms. Our latest addition, N545DS, is equipped with Garmin 430 IFR moving map GPS and recently underwent a complete interior restoration. The rental fleet maintenance and avionics repair is completed in house, helping to maintain our competitive rates.
We make rental checkouts easy. You will need to following information to get checked out to rent any bird in the fleet:
- Pilot Certificate
- Medical Certificate
- Government Issued Photo ID
- A filled out rental agreement (download it here)
During the checkout, we will show you our unique airspace (as described here) and go over safety information.
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- Pilot certificate: Renter must hold a valid and current Pilot Certificate with the appropriate rating(s) required by current Federal Aviation Regulations for the flight involved, or if a student pilot, must carry a current medical certificate with the appropriate flight instructor endorsements.
- Pre-flight: Renter will personally conduct a pre-flight inspection of the aircraft as prescribed by the manufacturer, including checking the fuel from all sumps. Renter must ensure that there is sufficient fuel and oil in the aircraft for the proposed flight, plus a 45 minute reserve.
- Checklist: Renter shall use manufacturers published checklist, or the checklist provided by AMFC, for startup, before takeoff, cruise, before landing, after landing, before shutdown and securing aircraft.
- Weather: Renter shall obtain a weather briefing prior to departing on an IFR flight, or prior to departing VFR outside the immediate vicinity of Pearson Field. If on a VFR flight, renter must ensure that current and forecast weather along the route of flight will be above VFR minimums. If on an IFR flight, renter must comply with all applicable Federal Aviation Regulations and file an appropriate alternate destination if required. No renter shall operate an aircraft into area of known or forecast icing unless the aircraft is appropriately equipped and certified for flight into known icing conditions. Any flights conducted under VFR at night must be under ceilings of at least 3000 feet and visibility of at least 10 miles. A pilot may not taxi an aircraft if wind gusts are greater than one half the aircraft’s stalling speed. Except in an emergency, a pilot may not take off or land if the crosswind component is greater than one-fifth of the aircraft’s stalling speed.
- Takeoff and landing area: No take-off or landing shall be made on any area other than the runways of an airport designed, constructed, maintained, and used as an airport with PAVED runways of no less than 3,000 feet, without prior permission.
- Physical condition: Renter shall not operate an aircraft after he has used intoxicating liquor, tranquilizers or sleep-inducing drugs within 12 hours prior to flight. Renter shall not operate an aircraft while suffering from any illness. Renter must comply with Federal Aviation Regulations regarding use of oxygen.
- Doors and windows: Pilot shall keep the doors of the aircraft closed at all times during flight. Pilots shall keep windows closed except when necessary for the purpose of the flight (e.g., photography).
- Student cross-country: Instructors may require students to notify the FBO upon arrival at their destination and before departing on a return flight. If student’s return time will be delayed, student must contact Aero Maintenance by phone to so notify.
- Over water operations: Except when necessary for takeoff and landing, renter shall not operate the aircraft over water unless the aircraft is always within gliding distance to shore.
- Flight plans: Renters and Student pilots shall always file and open an FAA flight plan when on a cross country flight.
- Aerobatic flight: Renters shall not fly the aircraft in aerobatic flight. Spins shall only be executed when dual instruction is being given by an instructor employed by the FBO.
- Hunting: Renter shall not fly the aircraft in connection with hunting, bird or fowl herding, or other associated activities.
- Minimum altitudes: Except when necessary for takeoff and landing, renter shall not fly the aircraft below an altitude of 500 feet, nor below the minimum safe altitudes prescribed by the FAA.
- General: Renter agrees:
- To operate and treat the aircraft in a conservative and careful manner at all times.
- Not to fly the aircraft in a manner which requires a special permit or waiver from the FAA.
- Not to fly the aircraft in violation of his certificate, or the operating limitations of the aircraft.
Complex Aircraft Rental
Insurance requirements for the Piper Arrow are as follows:
- Private certificate
- 150 total hours
- 5 hours make and model and a checkout with an AMFC CFI
With prior permission this aircraft may be taken on overnight trips.
- Student Pilot renters will receive full reimbursement for the invoice amount paid off-site.
- Private pilot, Commercial pilot, and ATP renters requiring fuel off-site will be reimbursed for what AMFC pays for the fuel, renter paying the difference.
- One must bring a physical copy of off-site fuel receipt in order to get fuel credit
Student Pilot Information
- All student pilot solo operations must be conducted with ground contact at all times.
- Visibility must be 10 statute miles or better for the entire area the student solo pilot is operating.
- The prescribed ceilings must be better that prescribed by instructor endorsement within the entire area the solo operation is to be conducted.
- Crosswind landings may not be attempted by student when the crosswind component is greater than 75% of the aircraft’s max demonstrated by either sustained winds or wind gust.
- Touch and goes are not permitted by any student pilots flying solo. Only full stop landings to a taxi back. Stop and goes are permissible at runways longer than 5000’.
- An instructor must be available by radio for each solo flight. No solo flights without instructor supervision.
- All solo flight must leave with more than half fuel tanks. All solo cross countries must have full fuel before leaving Pearson.